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Helder Rocha, André F Maia, Reto Gassmann
Cytoplasmic dynein 1 (dynein) is the predominant microtubule minus end-directed motor in animals and participates in a wide range of cellular processes, including membrane trafficking, nuclear migration, and cell division. Dynein's functional diversity depends on co-factors that regulate its subcellular localization, interaction with cargo, and motor activity. The ubiquitous co-factor nuclear distribution gene E (NudE) is implicated in many of dynein's functions, and mutations in NudE cause the brain developmental disease microcephaly...
March 20, 2018: Scientific Data
Fei Wang, Brian Iskra, Eugenie Kleinerman, Claudia Alvarez-Florez, Thomas Andrews, Angela Shaw, Joya Chandra, Keri Schadler, Gregory J Aune
We report the cardioprotective effects of moderate aerobic exercise from parallel pediatric murine models of doxorubicin (Doxo) exposure in non-tumor-bearing immune competent (NTB-IC) mice and tumor-bearing nude mice (TB-NM). In both models, animals at 4 weeks of age underwent Doxo treatment with or without 2 weeks of simultaneous exercise. In sedentary NTB-IC or TB-NM mice, Doxo treatment resulted in a statistically significant decrease in ejection fraction and fractional shortening compared with control animals...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
Christine T Dinh, Olena Bracho, Christine Mei, Esperanza Bas, Cristina Fernandez-Valle, Fred Telischi, Xue-Zhong Liu
HYPOTHESIS: Microsurgical implantation of mouse merlin-deficient Schwann cells (MD-SC) into the cerebellopontine angle of immunodeficient rats will initiate tumor formation, hearing loss, and vestibular dysfunction. BACKGROUND: The progress in identifying effective drug therapies for treatment of Neurofibromatosis type II (NF2) is limited by the availability of animal models of VS that develop hearing loss and imbalance. METHODS: A microsurgical technique for implanting MD-SCs onto the cochleovestibular nerve of rats was developed...
March 19, 2018: Otology & Neurotology
Yan Sun, Yong-Hao Huang, Feng-Ying Huang, Wen-Li Mei, Quan Liu, Cai-Chun Wang, Ying-Ying Lin, Canhua Huang, Yue-Nan Li, Hao-Fu Dai, Guang-Hong Tan
Rationale: Cardenolides have potential as anticancer drugs. 3'-epi-12β-hydroxyfroside (HyFS) is a new cardenolide structure isolated by our research group, but its molecular mechanisms remain poorly understood. This study investigates the relationship between its antitumor activities and autophagy in lung cancer cells. Methods: Cell growth and proliferation were detected by MTT, lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) release, 5-ethynyl-20-deoxyuridine (EDU) and colony formation assays. Cell apoptosis was detected by flow cytometry...
2018: Theranostics
Yujia You, Xiaolong Liang, Tinghui Yin, Min Chen, Chen Qiu, Chuang Gao, Xiaoyou Wang, Yongjiang Mao, Enze Qu, Zhifei Dai, Rongqin Zheng
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) holds promise for focal therapy of prostate cancer (PCa). However, the therapeutic efficacy needs improvement, and further development of PDT for PCa has challenges, including uncertainty of photosensitizers (PSs) accumulation at the tumor site and difficulty in visualizing lesions using conventional ultrasound (US) imaging. We have developed novel porphyrin-grafted lipid (PGL) microbubbles (MBs; PGL-MBs) and propose a strategy to integrate PGL-MBs with US imaging to address these limitations and enhance PDT efficacy...
2018: Theranostics
Nan Wang, Yong Li, Jianhong Zhou
Ribonucleotide reductase subunit M2 (RRM2) is associated with the biological behaviours of cancers, including apoptosis, cell proliferation, invasion, cell cycle and migration. Previous studies have suggested that the expression of RRM2 plays critical roles in tumorigenesis in several cancer types. However, the precise molecular mechanism remains unknown. We previously identified RRM2 as a novel downstream target that is activated by human papillomavirus E7, which activates the extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1/2 signalling pathway, but further studies are warranted to establish RRM2 as a therapeutic target...
March 2018: Oncology Letters
Tao Wang, Zhong-Yi Qin, Liang-Zhi Wen, Yan Guo, Qin Liu, Zeng-Jie Lei, Wei Pan, Kai-Jun Liu, Xing-Wei Wang, Shu-Jie Lai, Wen-Jing Sun, Yan-Ling Wei, Lei Liu, Ling Guo, Yu-Qin Chen, Jun Wang, Hua-Liang Xiao, Xiu-Wu Bian, Dong-Feng Chen, Bin Wang
The evolutionarily conserved Hippo signaling pathway is a key regulator of stem cell self-renewal, differentiation, and organ size. While alterations in Hippo signaling are causally linked to uncontrolled cell growth and a broad range of malignancies, genetic mutations in the Hippo pathway are uncommon and it is unclear how the tumor suppressor function of the Hippo pathway is disrupted in human cancers. Here, we report a novel epigenetic mechanism of Hippo inactivation in the context of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)...
March 19, 2018: Cell Death and Differentiation
Stephen Keysar, Justin Eagles, Bettina Miller, Brian C Jackson, Farshad N Chowdhury, Julie Reisinger, Tugs-Saikhan Chimed, Phuong N Le, J Jason Morton, Hilary Somerset, Marileila Varella-Garcia, Aik-Choon Tan, John I Song, Daniel W Bowles, Mary E Reyland, Antonio Jimeno
PURPOSE: Salivary gland cancers (SGC) frequently present with distant metastases many years after diagnosis, suggesting a cancer stem cell (CSC) subpopulation that initiates late recurrences; however current models are limited both in their availability and suitability to characterize these rare cells. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: Patient-derived xenografts (PDX) were generated by engrafting patient tissue onto nude mice from one acinic cell carcinoma (AciCC), four adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC), and three mucoepidermoid carcinoma (MEC) cases, which were derived from successive relapses from the same MEC patient...
March 19, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Wei-Dong Lü, Rui-Fang Sun, Ye-Rong Hu, Jan-Rong Lu, Lu Gu, Zhi-Gang Liu, Guang-Yan Lei, Zhun Qiang, Lin Cai
Acellular tumor extracellular matrices (ECMs) have limitations when employed as three-dimensional scaffolds for tumor engineering. In this work, methylene blue-mediated photooxidation was used to crosslink acellular tumor ECMs. Photooxidative crosslinking greatly increased the stiffness of acellular tumor ECM scaffolds but barely altered the Amide III band of the secondary structure of polypeptides and proteins. MCF-7, HepG2 and A549 cells cultured on photooxidatively crosslinked acellular tumor ECM scaffolds exhibited greater cell number per scaffold, more IL-8 and VEGF secretion, and increase migration and invasion abilities than cells cultured on uncrosslinked acellular tumor ECM scaffolds...
March 16, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
Wen-Wen Sun, Jin-Xia Dou, Lin Zhang, Li-Kui Qiao, Na Shen, Wen-Yuan Gao
To compare the therapeutic effects of different treatment methods on the nude mice bearing colon cancer HT29 cells. BalB/C nude mice colon cancer stem cell models were established and randomly divided into the following four groups, with 8 nude mice in each group: blank control group, DC-CIK group, Huaier group, and Huaier combined with DC-CIK group (combined treatment group). The mice in DC-CIK group and combined treatment group received 1×10⁶ DC-CIK cells treatment by tail vein injectionafter the tumor stem cells were inoculated for 4 days,2 times a week for three weeks...
January 2018: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
Fan Yang, Qingjian Wu, Yan Zhang, Haojun Xiong, Xinzhe Li, Bo Li, Wei Xie, Le Zhang, Min Xu, Kebin Zhang, Fengtian He
Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is the most common kidney malignancy with poor prognosis. Recently, long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been demonstrated as important regulators in multiple cancers including RCC. LOC653786 is a lncRNA, but its role in cancer remains unclear. In this study, we for the first time found that LOC653786 was upregulated in RCC tissues and cell lines, and this lncRNA promoted growth and cell cycle progression of RCC cells. Moreover, we showed that LOC653786 elevated the expression of forkhead box M1 (FOXM1) and its downstream target genes cyclin D1 and cyclin B1 in RCC cells...
February 23, 2018: Oncotarget
Shuo Tu, Xia-Li Zhang, Hui-Fang Wan, Yan-Qin Xia, Zhuo-Qi Liu, Xiao-Hong Yang, Fu-Sheng Wan
To investigate the effects of taurine on cell proliferation and apoptosis, the human lung cancer A549 cell line and xenograft tumors in nude mice were used. The effects of taurine on cell proliferation and apoptosis were observed at time points of 24, 48 and 72 h after treatment using an MTT assay to detect the survival rate, and flow cytometry to detect the apoptotic rate. Western blot analysis was performed to examine the levels of p53 upregulated modulator of apoptosis (PUMA), BCL2, apoptosis regulator (Bcl-2) and BCL2-associated X, apoptosis regulator (Bax) in A549 cells...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Zhenlei Li, Xiaoping Zou, Hao Zhu, Min Chen, Yan Zhao
Pancreatic cancer is an aggressive disease with a particularly poor prognosis contributing to a substantial percentage of cancer-associated mortality rates. In the present study, the combination treatment of baicalein (BAI) and gemcitabine (GEM) was investigated to examine whether it inhibited the growth of the human CFPAC-1 pancreatic cancer cell line in vitro and in vivo . The cytotoxic interactions between BAI and GEM in human pancreatic cancer cell lines were determined using MTT assays, and the effect of the two agents on apoptosis was detected using Hoechst 33258 staining and annexin V/7-AAD...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Tong Xie, Lingzhao Mo, Li Li, Naiquan Mao, Danrong Li, Deseng Liu, Chuantian Zuo, Dingming Huang, Qi Pan, Li Yang, Shoufeng Wang
The present study aimed to isolate and characterize side population (SP) cells in the human lung cancer A549 cell line, and elucidate the molecular mechanism of SP cells underlying lung cancer. The SP and non-SP (NSP) cells in A549 cells were isolated and their differentiation was analyzed by fluorescence-activated cell sorting. An in vitro plate clone assay, Matrigel® Transwell assay and chemoresistance analysis of the sorted SP and NSP cells were performed. In addition, the sorted SP and NSP cells were injected into BALB/c nude mice to detect their tumorigenic potential in vivo ...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Jun-Yi Wu, Zhong-Xia Wang, Guang Zhang, Xian Lu, Guang-Hui Qiang, Wei Hu, An-Lai Ji, Jun-Hua Wu, Chun-Ping Jiang
Purpose: FTY720, known as fingolimod, is a new immunosuppressive agent with effective anticancer properties. Although it was recently confirmed that FTY720 inhibits cancer cell proliferation, FTY720 can also induce protective autophagy and reduce cytotoxicity. Blocking autophagy with Beclin 1 siRNA after treatment with FTY720 promotes apoptosis. The objective of this study was to enhance the anticancer effect of FTY720 in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) by targeted co-delivery of FTY720 and Beclin 1 siRNA using calcium phosphate (CaP) nanoparticles (NPs)...
2018: International Journal of Nanomedicine
Fei-Fei Wang, Chao Shi, Yue Yang, Yong Fang, Li Sheng, Ning Li
Gastric cancer (GC) is the fourth most common diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death worldwide. Phellinus igniarius is a traditional medicinal mushroom used in China and other countries of East Asia for the treatment of various diseases including cancer. The aim of this study is to evaluate the antitumor activity of P. igniarius and elucidate the possible mechanism. MTT assay displayed that the total ethanol extract of P. igniarius (TPI) had antitumor activities against five human tumor cell lines of HepG-2, AGS, SGC-7901, Hela and A-549...
March 14, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Guanyu Chen, Darren Svirskis, Weiyue Lu, Man Ying, Yuan Huang, Jingyuan Wen
Gemcitabine is a nucleoside analogue effective against a number of cancers. However, the full potential of this drug has not been realised, in part due to low oral bioavailability and frequent dosing requirements. This study reports the synthesis, in-vitro, ex-vivo and in-vivo evaluation of trimethyl chitosan (TMC) - CSKSSDYQC (CSK) peptide conjugates capable of enhancing the oral bioavailability of gemcitabine due to the ability to target intestinal goblet cells and promote intestinal cellular uptake. TMC was synthesized by a novel two-step methylation method to improve quanternization and yield...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
Ryo Yuge, Yasuhiko Kitadai, Hidehiko Takigawa, Toshikatsu Naito, Naohide Oue, Wataru Yasui, Shinji Tanaka, Kazuaki Chayama
Accumulating evidence suggests that a unique set of receptor tyrosine kinases, known as discoidin domain receptors (DDRs), plays a role in cancer progression by interacting with the surrounding collagen matrix. In this study, we investigated the expression and role of DDR1 in human gastric cancer metastasis. Proliferation, migration, invasion, and tube formation assays were conducted in DDR1-expressing MKN74 gastric cancer cells and corresponding DDR1-silenced cells. The effects of DDR1 on tumor growth and metastasis were examined in orthotopically implanted and experimental liver metastasis models in nude mice...
March 13, 2018: Translational Oncology
Suhong Xiao, Ying-Sheng Tang, Praveen Kusumanchi, Sally P Stabler, Ying Zhang, Asok C Antony
Background: Epidemiologic and in vitro studies suggest independent linkages between poor folate and/or vitamin B-12 nutrition, genomic human papillomavirus (HPV) type 16 viral integration, and cancer. However, there is no direct evidence in vivo to support the causative role of poor folate nutrition in HPV16 integration into the cellular genome. Objective: We tested the hypothesis that folate deficiency enables the integration of HPV16 into the genome of HPV16-harboring keratinocytes, and could thereby influence earlier transformation of these cells to cancer in an animal model...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Nutrition
Hong Qi, Aiping Li
The present study aimed to investigate the effects of JWA knockout (JWA-/- ) on malignant transformation of murine embryonic fibroblast (MEF) cells using a conditional JWA-/- mouse model. Once MEF cells were prepared, the potential role of JWA-/- on proliferation, migration, invasion and colony formation of MEF cells was investigated by cytological examination. The effects of JWA-/- on the regulation and protein expression levels of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT)-related proteins in MEF cells, including poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase-1 (PARP-1), vimentin, β-catenin and E-cadherin, were investigated using western blot analysis...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
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